Sunday, August 23, 2009

Modak for Lord Ganesha~Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi!!!

There’s festival spirit all around and people are gearing up to celebrate the festival season with this one being the first of the lot after “Aadi/Karkadakom/Aashada” month.I can’t wait too..:).Today is “Athachamayam” too ie the first day for adorning houses with Pookalam for Onam.Diet/exercise days,please go and take a break..I am going to forget you for a while..;)

Vinayaka Chathurthi was a very special festival for us children,mainly in terms of the food[sweets,rather]that was offered as naivedyam.We looked forward to the Modak,Kozhukkatais and all the yummy sweets that were offered to Lord Ganesha.

Modak to us is a fried sweet with plaintains and rice flour/maida.I am sure many of you are nodding your heads in disbelief,but it’s a fact.The other one,was Kozhukkatta.I remember,during our first Vinayaka Chathurthi after marriage,I told Ajay that I’ll make Modaks.He was excited as it was his favorite sweet.After the pooja,when I gave him the same,he asked me where is THE modak..:).For him,there is only one modak and that is the one with Choorna[coconut-jaggery filling] inside.

I always have a tiff with the Ukadiche Modak[that seems to be an apt name] as I never get the consistency right for the outer covering and end up making patholi.

So presenting my version of Modak:)

Modak for Lord Ganesha


Ripe plantains – 2
Maida/Rice flour – ½ cup[Use either maida or rice flour]
Salt – a pinch
Sugar – 2 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Ghee for frying[I used coconut oil]


Mash the plantains well.
Add sugar,salt,maida/rice flour and powdered cardamom.
Mix well to form a dough-the consistency would be like a sticky chapathi dough.
Heat oil/ghee in a frying pan and drop small spoonfuls of batter.
Deep fry till it becomes light brown.
Offer to Lord Ganesha and then serve:)

Sending this to Purva for the celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi Festive event.


  1. Lovely modaks and doing it with banana is new to me. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to you too.

  2. Happy ganesh chaturthi divya...hope lord ganesha bless u with lots of happiness and prosperity...and modak looks really delicious and yum...

  3. You made modaks for the season! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you. :)

  4. Perfect modak! :) have a beautiful day of celebrations!

  5. Wishing U and ur family Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..

    Modak looks perfect, thank you for the lovely entry for the event

  6. Divya as we r from bhat family this modak is not new to us...:P...nd amma used to make it of wheat flour for Ganahom nd all....I loved it ...this luks yummmmmmm...Happy Chowthi.God bless

  7. looks nice divya..we call this appam.:-) and modakam translates to kozhakkattai(sweet and savour dumplings) for us..

  8. Happy Ganesh chathurthi to you too Divya a different Modak recipe different then mine

  9. Looks like you've created a ganesha there with your very modhak. Loved it. Happy festive season to you too.

  10. Looks lovely divya..making it with banana is very nice way to sweeten it more!

  11. This sounds like a lovely version of the modak. Hope your Vinayak Chaturthi was happy!

  12. nice nice... I made baked somashe and then bits of the teyi-chavati meal... in 2 instalments :)

    I had a modak arti too :)

    Happy chavati!

  13. Making modaks with bananas seems like an exellent idea.looks yumm!

  14. Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)
    What a lovely spread .
    Soup 'N Juice Event is going on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

  15. Modak's look lovely! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

  16. We call this mulka. They are so delicious!! Yours look awesome.

  17. Oh,we call this banana appam,we make modak with rice flour and some stuff:)

  18. Divs collect some bunch of treat from my blog :)

  19. Happy ganesh chathurti! yummy modak. Do pass me a plate dear :-)


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